LGBT community describes Adwoa Safo’s non-negotiable comments as unfortunate

The Lesbians Gay and Bisexual, Transgender community has described the comment by gender minister designate for Gender Adwoa that LGBT issues are non-negotiable in Ghana as rather unfortunate.

Speaking to Nana Yaa Mensah on the Asaase Breakfast Show, communication director of the LGBT Q community Mr Moh (not his real name ) said the ministers stance is weird because Ghana is signatories to many international convention.

“Laws are meant to be amended and changed, this law that is being used against is one that has been in existence for too long, it hasn’t been changed, it hasn’t been looked at, it hasn’t been amended and it has been challenged yet, So I totally understand where the minister is coming from,” he said.

He added “But it is rather unfortunate that a minister who is expected to protect marginalized groups in this country will say such a thing, I believe it should have been an open answer where she will be open to dialogue to know more and there should be the possibility of us being heard and our issues being taking into consideration because we are Ghanaians not aliens and we deserve to be here.”

The director of communication of LGBT Q community told the co-host of ABS that courting the support of foreign entities for their activities is not wrong.

Background

On Wednesday , the  Minister-designate of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, took  a bold stance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Ghana after she took her turn

Answering a question before the appointment committee for vetting, Adwoa said controversial issue of LGBTQI is unlawful and has no place in Ghana’s cultural setting.

“Mr Chair, the issue of LGBT is an issue that when mentioned, it creates some controversy but what I want to say is that our laws are clear on such practice. It makes it criminal. Section 104 of the Criminal Code prohibits one from having unnatural carnal knowledge with another person. So, on the issue of its criminality, it is non-negotiable”.

“On the issue of our cultural acceptance and norms, these practices are also frowned upon. So, for me, these are two distinct clarities on the matter and that is what I strongly stand for,” she explained.

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